Tayeba Begum Lipi was born in 1969 in Gaibandha, Bangladesh. Lipi completed her MFA in drawing and painting at the then Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka in 1993. In 2002, she co-founded Britto Arts Trust, the first non-profit artists’ collective in Bangladesh. A pioneer of the cross-media approach, Lipi practices drawing, painting, installation, object making and video art. Her work engages with questions of gender, femininity and womanhood and, more recently, with presence, absence and mortality.
Tayeba Begum Lipi has held a number of solo exhibitions, and the most recent one include “Reversal Reality” (2015, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi), “Never Been Intimate” (2013/2014, Pi Artworks gallery Istanbul/London) and “Feminine” at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts (2007). She has held solo project at the Dhaka Art Summit (2014) and has been selected for a solo project at the Art Basel HK (2016,Pi Artworks gallery). Lipi’s works have been showcased at a number of art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul (2013&2015, Pi Artworks gallery), India Art Fair (2015, Shrine Empire gallery), Art Basel Hong-Kong (2014, Pi Artworks gallery), Art-Stag Singapore (2014, Sundaram Tagore gallery) or India Art Fair (2013, Samdani Art Foundation). Her works have been frequently included in various group exhibitions such as “Parables”, the first Bangladesh pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011, Italy), 14th Jakarta Art Biennale (2011, Indonesia), Colombo Art Biennale (2012, Sri Lanka), Dhaka Art Summit 2012, “No Country” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum (2013, New-York, USA), Asia Society HK (2013) & CCA, Singapore (2014), “Barbed Floss” at the Guild (2014, Mumbai, India), ‘ Frontiers Reimagined ’ a collateral exhibition at the 56 Venice Biennale at Museo di Palazzo Grimani ( 2015, Venice), “Daily Pasture” a video art exhibition on the New Silk Road (2014, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Xinjiang, China), “CiCLO (CYCLE)” a group exhibition by 14 artists from 14 countries (2014-2015, CCBB Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Bello Horizonte, Brazil), ”I Don’t Belong” (2015, Gallery H., Taipei, Taiwan). With her husband and fellow artist Mahbubur Rahman, she set up a residency outcome exhibition at the Saitama City North Plaza gallery (Japan, 2014); “Parables of our Time” at Gallery Akar Prakar (Kolkata, 2010), “Artificial Reality”, La Galerie, Alliance Francaise (Dhaka, 2002) and “Slave of the Civilization” at Jyvaskyla, Finland in 2000.
Tayeba Begum Lipi took part in a number of residencies abroad, among which the Contemporary Art Japan (C. A. j.) residency in Saitama, Japan (2014). In 2013, she participated in a short residency as part of “No Country” by the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Center and to a curatorial research residency at Gasworks (London, the UK) as part of ARThink South Asia fellowship. Lipi also took part to residencies at the Harmony Foundation of Reliance (2012, Mumbai, India), at the RM Studio (2008, Lahore, Pakistan), at Gasworks (2005, London, the UK) and at NICA (2004, Yangon, Myanmar). IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Cill Rialaig project, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland; Gallery ’68-elf’ Cologne, Germany and Arts Council of Central Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland in 2000.
Tayeba Begum Lipi has received has been awarded various grants, fellowships and awards. In 2014, she was granted a fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide, Italy. The same year, she was named as the top woman in the Arts category for the “Ananya Top Ten Women of the Year” in Bangladesh. Lipi was granted the “ARThink South Asia Fellowship” in India in 2013. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Grand Prize at the 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh. Lipi’s work feature in major public collections across the world, among which the Solomon R. Guggenheim (New York, USA), Devi Art Foundation (India), Bengal Foundation & Samdani Art Foundation (Bangladesh), Jindal Foundation (India), LO-FTF Council (Denmark), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Harmony Art Foundation (Reliance, India).